Max Factor Brow Shaper | Review

Guest post by Huda Pervez from MakeupManiac

Hello everybody!

Today, I will be reviewing the Max Factor Brow Shaper. Personally, my favorite way of filling in my brows is with a brow pencil and I have tried quite a few, including NYX, Benefit, and Anastasia. Hence, I was pretty excited to put this product to the test and see it if matched up to some of my favorite brow pencils!  If you want to know my thoughts on this product, then keep on reading!

Max Factor Brow Shaper | Review

This brow pencil has two sides, like many other brow pencils, with one side being the actual pencil and the other side having a spoolie. The brow pencil itself is pretty thin and I was really impressed with that. I also like the fact that that you have to twist to get the pencil out instead of sharpening because I feel that sharpening wastes so much product.

Max Factor Brow Shaper | Review

The shade I got is ‘Deep Brown’ and this is the perfect shade for me. They only have 3 total shades in this brow pencil, which is a major downside.

Max Factor Brow Shaper | Review

On application, the consistency of this was a little waxy, which I liked. It was easy to build up and wasn’t too dark or harsh on the brows. Since the pencil is so thin, it really helped me be more precise and get in all the little spaces in my brows. With this pencil, I have so much control over how I want my brows to look as I could leave them looking natural or go all out by building the product up. I always like to go through my brows with a spoolie when I’m done, to blend out any harsh lines, and the small size of the spoolie helped me achieve that!

Overall, I am very impressed with this brow pencil, taking into consideration the fact that it’s only for $9.80 and works just as good as many of the drugstore and even high-end brow pencils.

What is your favorite brow pencil brand? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading! xx

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me complimentary by Influenster for testing purposes, however, all opinions are my own.

Click here to buy the Max Factor Brow Shaper

Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub | Review

Ever since I spoke about the Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub on my Insta stories, a bunch of you have asked me for a review of the product. So here I am with a detailed review of this wonderful scrub from Greenberry Organics.

Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub | Review

Personally, I am not a fan of scrubs that have super soft or tiny exfoliating particles which hardly remove any dead skin from the face. This scrub, on the other hand, has small but gritty particles that are very effective at exfoliating the skin. These particles come embedded in a cream that allows smooth and gentle application on the skin while the grittiness helps to get rid of everything from dead skin to stubborn white heads.

Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub | Review

You can control the strength of exfoliation with the amount of pressure you apply with your fingers. When used gently, this product can even work for sensitive skin but if used with a heavy hand it can be pretty intense. This allows you to alter the strength of the product as per your skin type.

Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub | Review

I do not have a tan at the moment so cannot really show you the effects of the scrub on a tan but basically, tan removal is all about removing the sunburnt layer of the skin, so a powerful scrub like this one will definitely provide you great results. Even though my skin is not tanned at the moment, it looks more radiant after using the product, so it will certainly work well on a severe tan.

Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub | Review

I love that this is an all natural product that contains Bio Active ingredients that are known to nourish, exfoliate, and brighten the skin naturally. Some of these ingredients include nourishing extracts of aloe vera and coconut oil, walnut shell powder for exfoliation, and raspberry extracts for brightening the skin. I also love the soothing scent of cloves that this scrub emanates. If you are a fan of gritty physical scrubs but do not want something too harsh with chemicals in it then the Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub is a must buy for you. The scrub is priced at INR 575 for a 100gm tub but you can buy it on Amazon at the moment for INR 475 only. This is a great deal in my opinion because a little goes a really long way with this fantastic scrub! I am sure that the next time I return from a vacation with a nasty tan, this scrub will drive all my woes away 🙂

Click this link to buy the Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub. 

P.S. –  If you enjoyed this blog post then please click this link and leave a comment on the nomination page to help me win the Indian Bloggers Award!

Disclaimer – PR sample sent by the brand but all opinions are honest and my own.

Greenberry Organics Pure Rose Water Face Mist and Toner | Review

Greenberry Organics is a skincare brand that I have absolute faith in. Their face masks have drastically improved the texture of my skin over the past few months and have reduced my acne too. This is why I was super excited when the brand sent me a few of their products to try out some days ago. Be prepared for an overdose of Greenberry Organics products for the next few days because I can’t stop raving about all the items they sent me! Today, I will be talking about their Pure Rose Water Face Mist and Toner.

Greenberry Organics Pure Rose Water Face Mist and Toner | Review

You all must be aware of the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of rose water. I am sure that you also know that pure rose water helps in hydrating and soothing the skin and can be incorporated as a toner or a face mist in the daily skincare routine. So what is so unique about this particular rose water that makes it stand out from the rest? One whiff of this product and your question will be answered. As soon as you spritz this facial mist on your face, you will feel like you have been drenched by the concentrated nectar of a hundred roses. The luxurious and heavenly fragrance of crushed rose petals is evidence of the fact that this product is extremely pure and unadulterated. The reason why this toner has the concentrated goodness of rose petals is that this rose water has been extracted by the method of steam distillation. This means that fresh rose petals have been carefully distilled to create this product so as to retain all their benefits and natural juices. Most rose waters available in the market do not use this technique and instead simply mix rose oil with water. This is why other brands do not contain the fresh and saturated juices of the rose petals and are therefore not as beneficial for the skin.

The Greenberry Organics Pure Rose Water contains steam distilled pure and concentrated organic rose water and nothing else. With just one potent ingredient, this product is truly nature in a bottle. Not only does the scent of roses linger on the skin for hours, the skin feels hydrated throughout the day if you use this product before heading out. The spray nozzle releases a fine mist that evenly covers the face. You can spray this product on freshly cleansed skin or even over makeup to get rid of cakiness and to make your foundation look more natural and glowy. You can use it to freshen up your face throughout the day whenever your skin feels tired and can also use it as a toner after washing your face. I have also noticed that this rose water is slightly sticky in texture on the skin – this does not cause any discomfort and in fact, helps my makeup stay on longer if I use this mist prior to applying foundation on my skin. I think that this stickiness is due to the natural sweetness of rose extracts and helps seal the moisture in place as well.

Greenberry Organics Pure Rose Water Face Mist and Toner | Review

This is honestly the best rose water I have tried till date and makes every other rose water I have previously used pale in comparison. This rose water is free of preservatives, alcohol, and colorants and is a cruelty free and vegan product. I feel that the attention the brand has paid to create a product that is as close to nature as possible is truly commendable. The price point of INR 575 for 100ml of product seems justified to me considering the quality of the rose water and the sturdiness of the packaging which is also reusable. However, Greenberry Organics products often go on sale on Amazon and you can grab this facial mist at an even more affordable price. Overall, I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the product, which is very rare for me. 5 stars to this facial mist and kudos to Greenberry Organics for creating yet another wonderful product.

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Greenberry Organics Pure Rose Water from Amazon by clicking this link.

P.S. –  If you enjoyed this blog post then please click this link and leave a comment on the nomination page to help me win the Indian Bloggers Award!

Disclaimer – PR sample sent by the brand but all opinions are honest and my own.

How To Get Free Beauty Samples In India With The Smytten App

Whether you are a beauty blogger on a budget or someone who likes to test a product before investing in a full-sized bottle, you will know the importance of the sample sized versions of beauty products. Smytten is a unique app in India that allows you to try out samples of a variety of beauty, skincare, and lifestyle products for almost free! The app charges a shipping charge plus GST that amounts to INR 88, in return for 3 decently sized samples of your choice.

How this works is that you need to install the Smytten app, link it to your Facebook or LinkedIn profile for verification, and request for an invite code. Once you receive the invite code in your email, simply type it into the app to log onto your new profile. Now, you can select 3 products from the list of currently available samples and can order these for only INR 88, as mentioned above. Once you try out these products, you can review them on the app to earn points for ordering 3 more samples. Smytten also has a regular online store on the app, purchasing from which will also give you some points for trying out more samples.

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My Experience – Although I have heard a few people saying that they experienced an issue in receiving the invite code, in my case, it was delivered to my inbox within a few hours of my request. I proceeded with ordering my samples which were promptly delivered to me within 2 days and in impressive packaging as shown in the image above. It is commendable that despite these being free samples, Smytten has paid attention to providing a luxurious feel to the packaging. This justifies the shipping charge in my opinion, and to further dig into the pricing, here is a breakdown of the total worth of the box that I received:

Natural Bath & Body Rose & Mint Facial Water – Price of full sized product (100ml) = INR 350. Price of 30ml sample = INR 105

Bio Bloom Hair Cleanser – Price of full sized product (200ml) = INR 699. Price of 30ml sample = INR 104.85

Iraa Instashield Anti-Photoageing Cream – Price of full sized product (50gm) = INR 789. Price of 3gm sample = INR 47.34

Therefore, the total worth of my box was approximately INR 258 while I only had to pay INR 88. This is a great bargain in my opinion, and I will definitely be ordering my next round of samples after reviewing these products. Smytten keeps updating their collection of samples on a regular basis, so you will surely find something that interests you. Most of the products are from premium brands, which makes the samples an even more practical way to try out something luxurious without burning a hole in your pocket. So if you are someone who is enthusiastic about discovering new brands and products then you must try out the Smytten app!

Check out the Smytten website here.

P.S. – If you enjoyed this blog post then please click this link and leave a comment on the nomination page to help me win the Indian Bloggers Award!

The Indian Blogger Awards -Vote For Me!

Hi guys, happy Friday! I am happy to announce to you that I have been nominated for the Indian Blogger Awards in the Beauty and Personal Care category. If you feel that my blog deserves to win, offers you an enjoyable read, or has helped you in making product choices then please click on this link and leave a comment and like to vote for me.

https://www.indiblogger.in/iba/2017/entry/107212

I owe all the success of this blog to my lovely readers and it would mean the world to me if you help my blog in getting some more recognition. Thanks a lot in advance for all your love and support and please do not forget to vote!

XoXo,

Mrinalini

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Greenberry Organics Anti Acne Mud Mask | Review

If you follow me on Instagram or are a regular reader of this blog then you might already know that I am obsessed with the Greenberry Organics 3 in 1 Mud Ash. The brand has recently released a ton of new products but what attracted me the most was the Anti Acne Mud Mask For Oil-Prone Acne. The fact that this mud mask is specifically designed for acne-prone oily skin and has a formula comprising of 100% natural ingredients made this product too tempting not to try. I have been using this mud mask diligently, ever since it was delivered to my doorstep and here are my thoughts on its performance.

Greenberry Organics Anti Acne Mud Mask For Oil-Prone Acne Review

This mud mask comes in a vibrant yellow packaging and as soon as you unscrew the lid, you will be greeted by a soothing herbal scent that is reminiscent of fennel seeds. The consistency of the product is soft and creamy and it spreads on the skin quite easily. As for the formula, it contains the goodness of 8 herbs and the list of ingredients includes Calendula, Kaolin Clay, Calamine extracts, turmeric, neem, basil, chandan, aloe vera, and rose water, all of which are known for their multiple skin benefits, particularly for acne-prone skin. Full points to Greenberry Organics for creating a product that combines the goodness of herbs that have been used in skincare treatments since centuries. If you are too busy to make homemade masks, which require procurement of all these ingredients, then this mud mask is the next best thing because it is completely natural and is also free of parabens and phthalates.

Greenberry Organics Anti Acne Mud Mask For Oil-Prone Acne Review

The scent of this product was enough to assure me that it will work wonders on my skin, and it did! On rinsing off the product after leaving it on my face for around 20 minutes, I could see that my face was glowing and that the mud had absorbed all the excess oil and had left my skin squeaky clean and non-greasy. To top it all, this product caused a visible reduction in the size of my pimples with the very first use, and I am sure that with regular usage, this mask will definitely reduce the appearance of acne as well. Bear in mind that this product is targeted for oily skinned people and therefore can be a bit harsh on normal to dry skin. If you have oily skin and suffer from frequent breakouts, this product is tailor-made for you. You will have to be a little careful while packing it for a holiday though because the packaging is not completely leakproof even though the performance is completely foolproof.

Greenberry Organics Anti Acne Mud Mask For Oil-Prone Acne Review

This mud mask is priced at INR 725 for 100gms of the product but is usually available at great discounted rates on Amazon. The price may seem a little steep but when you compare it to the international skincare brands, it is way more affordable considering the quality of ingredients, the quantity of the product in a jar, and the fact that this mask is devoid of any harmful chemicals. Greenberry Organics is a brand that has truly impressed me with the range of wonderful and carefully concocted products that they have released in such a short amount of time. Even if you do not have oily skin, you must check out some of their other masks that are designed for normal and dry skin tones, as well as their range of body washes, facial mists, and face washes. I am sure that you will find several products that you love. To conclude, the Greenberry Organics Anti Acne Mud Mask For Oil-Prone Acne is totally worth all the hype that it has been receiving and I can’t wait to find out what other skincare gems the brand plans to release in the future.

I hope that this review was useful. I will highly recommend all the ladies with oily skin and acne troubles to click on this link and buy the Greenberry Organics Anti Acne Mud Mask asap!

XoXo,

Mrinalini

Long Overdue Post: Lovely Blog Award

This is a long overdue post. Many of my lovely readers nominate me for blog awards from time to time and I am ever so grateful to each one of you. Although I may not be able to respond to them immediately, they always make me so happy and thankful! I was recently nominated by the amazing Toribeth2016 from https://batgirlwordpress.wordpress.com/ for the Lovely Blog Award. If you haven’t heard about this one, here are the rules:

  1. Mention and leave a link to the blog of the person who nominated you.
  2. Share seven interesting facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate others for the award.
  4. Share the good news with your nominees.

So here are 7 facts about me that might interest you:

  1. I am a die-hard foodie who is willing to taste almost everything edible.
  2. I am quite an introvert and have a very small social circle.
  3. I HATE Mondays!
  4. I love reading historical fiction.
  5. I would much rather spend a day at the beach than at a hill station.
  6. I have recently discovered adult coloring books and find them to be a great stress buster.
  7. I sometimes buy stuff online when I am half asleep and totally regret it the next morning 🙁

Those were 7 facts about me, I nominate the following people for the Lovely Blog Award:

  1. https://beautytalkswithneha.com/
  2. http://personalogues.com/
  3. https://msmeehnia.com/
  4. http://makeupandsmiles.com/
  5. https://phashionbug.com/

I would also love all of you to share an interesting fact about yourself in the comments 🙂

XoXo,

Mrinalini

L.A. Girl Cosmetics Pro Conceal HD – Medium Beige & Espresso | Review & Swatches

The L.A. Girl Cosmetics Pro Conceal HD range of concealers has received a lot of love and rave reviews from the blogging community. This got me excited to try out the range because foundations and concealers are my most used beauty products. To be true to my critical nature regarding makeup, I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about this product.

L.A. Girl Pro HD Concealer Warm Beige Espresso ReviewThese concealers come in a HUGE range of shades which is highly commendable but can be a bit intimidating to select from. I went for the shade Medium Beige (GC978) to use as a concealer and the shade Espresso (GC985) as a shade for contouring. Colorwise, Medium Beige is quite the perfect match for me, it is a warm beige with a slightly yellow undertone, which should complement Asian and Indian skin tones quite well. Espresso looks like a cool brown in the tube and when swatched, however, once blended, it leaves a slightly orange-brown undertone on my face, which I am not a huge fan of. However, I can still make it work as a good contouring shade, with the right amount of blending and mixing in with a cool toned concealer.

L.A. Pro Conceal HD Concealers Warm Beige Espresso SwatchesTexture wise, these concealers are the closest to the Loreal True Match concealers, which are my holy grail concealers. They are creamy and liquidy and build up well on the skin without appearing thick or cakey. They do provide a good medium coverage, but somehow I am never able to achieve the full coverage that I am able to get with the True Match concealers. You will need a high coverage foundation or excellent concealing skills to build these up to a full coverage. The more natural finish, however, makes these concealers perfect for contouring, because they blend well without leaving any harsh lines on the skin.

L.A. Girl Pro HD Concealer Warm Beige Espresso PackagingThe major qualm that I have with this product is the packaging. Perhaps I am using it incorrectly, but the squeeze tube with the plastic brush at the end doesn’t really work well for me. It either ends up squirting out too much product, or nothing at all. My preferred way of using the product is to squeeze some onto my palm and then apply it to the face with a brush. If you are not picky about the applicator and are looking for a medium coverage concealer that provides a natural finish, these concealer tubes priced at INR 590 might work really well for you. Personally, I prefer these more for contouring than for concealing, but they are decent concealers as well, to say the least.

I hope that this review was helpful. You can check out the entire range of the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealers here.

Anatomicals Stop Cracking Up Lip Balm | Review

If you are a fan of the old school tubes of lip treatments then you will definitely love the Anatomicals Stop Cracking Up Lip Balm. This product stands out among the tubs and sticks due to its unique packaging. In the age of creamy, solid balms, this product brings a refreshing change with its glossy, almost oily texture. In fact, I would say that it is an affordable alternative to the luxurious lip oils that have made an entry into the makeup world.

Anatomicals Stop Cracking Up Lip Balm Packaging

Just like all the other products from Anatomicals, this one comes in a vibrant and quirky packaging that is bound to liven up your vanity. Texturewise, it is like an oily lip gloss, but in a good way. As it is a liquid and not a traditional balm, you will need to reapply it every 2-3 hours to keep your lips moisturized. It is not very intensely moisturizing or thick, instead, it leaves your lips lightly hydrated and glossy. As an added bonus, it smells like coconuts, a perfect scent for summer!

Anatomicals Stop Cracking Up Lip Balm Swatch Review

Priced at INR 399 for a 15ml tube, I think this lip balm is a good investment for those who do not like the feel of thick balms on their lips. It doubles up as a clear lip gloss and provides a juicy look to the lips. If you are a lip balm junkie, this product will definitely add some variation to your collection!

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Anatomicals Stop Cracking Up Lip Balm here.

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Loreal Professionnel Tecni Art Constructor Hair Spray| Review

Smooth and glossy hair have always been a cult favorite but we all go through those Bohemian phases when we can’t do without some texture in our tresses. The Loreal Professionnel Tecni Art Constructor is a great way to add a subtle hold to your hair, without weighing them down with too much product.

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This hair spray has a thermo-active formula, which means that it gets activated by heat. You can spray this product on the sections of your dry or damp hair and can proceed to tease them with the help of a hair dryer. It offers protection from the heat and provides a medium hold to the hair, without making them crunchy. You will not be able to obtain dramatic volume or texture with this product but it helps to slightly lift the roots and removes the “sleekness” to add some body to your locks. It has a mild fragrance that doesn’t last for too long after usage. I haven’t used it while straightening or curling my hair but I have heard that it works well with those styling tools too.

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Overall, I think that this product is excellent for providing some volume to the hair without going too overboard. However, a 150ml can is priced at more than INR 1000 in India, which I feel is quite steep for a hair spray. There are more affordable options from Toni & Guy that do a similar job but in case you find it at a cheaper price where you live then you might enjoy this product if you like light weight hair sprays.

I hope that you found this review useful. You can buy the Loreal Professionnel Tecni Art Constructor Spray here.

 

Disappointing Products – Loreal Paris Color Riche L’Extraordinaire Mat Lip Colors

I love almost everything from Loreal but this lip product disappointed me a lot. I had high expectations from the Loreal Paris Color Riche L’Extraordinaire Mat lip color in the shade Madeleine Pink but unfortunately, it failed to perform well. If only the formula was as great as the luxurious rose gold packaging! This product could have been a winner but turned out to be a dud.

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My biggest complaint with this product is that it claims to be a matte lip color but the formula is a glossy lip cream at best. The swatches show that it reflects the light and is pretty shiny. I could live with the shine though, but the texture of the formula is very difficult to wear throughout the day too.

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Although the color is quite opaque, the formula is pretty streaky and it is hard to get an even pigmentation on the lips. You will need to use a lipliner or will have to apply the product very carefully to get an even finish. I would much rather go for some other liquid lipstick than spend so much effort on perfecting my look with this one. Moreover, the formula clings to every imperfection of the lips and exaggerates them more than even my true matte lipsticks do.

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I was drawn to this product because of its gorgeous pink shade with slightly peachy undertones. If the formula would have been more cooperative then this lip color could have been perfect for daily wear. What is more, this product is priced at INR 950, you can buy two decent liquid lipsticks for that amount. So basically, I would recommend skipping this product and trying out the other lip glosses and lipsticks from Loreal instead.

Veet Full Body Waxing Kit | Review, Tips, and Tricks

Have you ever been bothered by the amount of money you spend on your waxing appointments? Such a recurring expenditure might be concerning for many. Also, booking an appointment and clearing your schedule for the same is quite inconvenient. Another problem faced by some people is that if the wax is even a tad too hot, they suffer from a lot of ingrown hair after waxing.

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Shaving and hair removal creams are good alternatives for affordable hair removal at home, but their effects are short-lived and you will be greeted by a sharp stubble within a few days. I personally prefer the Veet Full Body Waxing Kit to get rid of my body hair whenever I want to.

This handy kit contains 20 wax strips (2 strips are stuck together to protect the waxy side), and 4 oil wipes to remove the wax and hydrate the skin post waxing. You need to rub each pair of strips between your hands to warm the wax and then you can proceed with waxing as per the usual method. These wax strips effectively remove the hair and one strip stays sticky for up to 4-5 applications. Therefore, I never need more than 8 strips for my legs and arms. Since this kit of 20 strips is priced at INR 170, you can do the math to see how much more affordable they are as compared to a waxing session in a salon.

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A few tricks that will help you with effective hair removal are to always place the strip in the direction of the hair growth and pull back in the opposite direction. Everybody’s hair grows differently, so make sure to follow the growth of your hair. Secondly, pull off the strips in one swift motion to ensure that all the hair is removed. Thirdly, if some stubborn hairs are not budging then bring out your tweezers and pluck them out. Lastly, store these strips in a relatively cool place to ensure that they don’t get overly sticky. If you follow these simple tips then you will get super smooth skin at home.

I find that this kit gives me comparable results to salons, with lesser pain and irritation. It helps to remove the dead skin and tan as well. The only issue is that since two strips are stuck together you can’t use an odd number of strips, and sometimes while you are working with one strip, the other one flies away! Other than this minor problem, I find that this waxing kit is perfect for regular use and also for touch-ups when you are too busy or traveling.

I hope that these tips and the review were useful. Buy the Veet Full Body Waxing Kit here.

Also, do check out my previous post for a coupon code to get 15% off on your first purchase on Qtrove!